Northwood University senior honored by Dallas-Fort Worth SABR chapter

Northwood University’s Elvin Rodriguez has been honored as the 2013 Collegiate Player of the Year by the DFW Hall-Ruggles Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.

A senior from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez was the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He was also named to the NAIA All-American first team. Rodriguez is only the second Knights player to be named an NAIA first team All-American, joining former catcher Johnny Aldaz. He is also the first Northwood player to win the Dallas-Fort Worth SABR chapter’s Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Rodriguez helped lead the Knights to their first-ever trip to the NAIA World Series and an end-of-season ranking as the No. 6 NAIA team in the nation. He hit .360 with 50 RBI in his senior season.

After graduation, Rodriguez signed to play professional baseball with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League.

“Elvin is a great baseball player and a fine young man,” Northwood baseball coach Jeremy Kennedy said. “He is a credit to his team and to our university.”

Originally published: July 22, 2013. Last Updated: July 22, 2013.